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Mediterranean Cruise

We decided this year to cross an item off our bucket list while we were still able to do it. (I'm not 100% health-wise.) With the blessings of my Doctors and a small (ish) bag of medications and a crapload of avion points and airmiles we were off!

Did it start easy - no, that's not our style. Multiple flight changes and one cancellation ensued in the weeks leading up to the trip. One great thing is one of the changes the airline made facilitated us meeting the other couple that we were traveling with here in Canada. Something that the airline previously stated was impossible.

My biggest problem was what to take for a camera. Do I take a good DSLR camera and an all around lens like and 18-105 or go with a 24-75 f2.8 or take a Nikon Coolpix with a 42x opital zoom. The weight won and I took the coolpix. In hindsite, I believe I made the right choice.

We met in Toronto and enjoyed some of the priciest food this side of a Michelin 4 diamond restaurant. $12.99 f…
We just arrived home from a vacation on the Myan Riveria, Mexico. We were at the Gran Sunset Princess All Suites resort. After booking and looking at the tripadvisor reviews I was concerned. A large number of reviews were negative. They complained about the beds (I agree they were a bit overly firm.) the staff being surly, lazy and every other negative adjective; Never saw any evidence of that but did see lots of evidence of the polar opposite. The reviewers complained about many, many people slipping and falling. We saw one 8 year old girl running and slipping but that would happen anywhere. The complaints about the food also unfounded.  Food was top notch. So this leads me to wonder why people write negative reviews when there are no negatives??. Loved the place and I hardily endorse it. (It is a huge resort so if you have mobility issues be forewarned.)

Photos can be found at :

http://www.gmurphy.ca/Travel/Grand-Sunset-Princess-Myan-Riv/

The moral of the story is that you have to t…
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Fall Colors

The splendor of fall, right at your doorstep. Here in Nova Scotia you need not dust off the credit card to afford a trip through the blaze of fall. If you live in Halifax most trips can be can be done as a one-tank trip. Some of us drive by scenes that we really should be stopping to capture. As an example how many people here in HRM drive by Shubi Park, Hemlock Ravine, Point Pleasant Park, Miller Lake, or Mt Uniack House?
Cape Breton has the Festival Of Colors during the first part of October where you can spend your days looking at or photographing the colors, participating in workshops and in the evening putting ‘er up at several Celidhs – The Cape Breton version of a huge kitchen party.
The reason we get the spectacular color show is because we get warm days and crisp nights as the summer turns to fall. The leaves that have been shading us all summer have the colors in them the whole time; the colors were just hidden by the green chlorophyll in the leaf. As the chlorophy…
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Wine Tasting at White Point Beach Resort Several times a year White Point Beach Resort in Nova Scotia, Canada has a "Wine Tasting" Event. The quotes are because it is not just about the wine. The most important thing is that each tasting raises funds for a worthwhile charity. The "Wine Tasting" is a bit of a misnomer. I was there in Feburary 2011 and there was also; sushi, ribs, chicken, crab, lobster, scotch, rum, beer, vodka, wiskey, coolers. You get the idea. 





 Chef Allen Crosby ensures that there is a favorite food for everyone and more than enough food to go around. (The last two years I had to forego supper as I didn't want to be too full to enjoy all the finger food.



 The food was so good that I overheard two gentlemen discussing the merits of wearing maternity pants (the ones with the stretch panel in the front) to this event.  Chef Crosby regularly provides classes on cooking. I was able to sit in on a BBQ course where he demonstrated cooking a pizza on …

Travel Safely

We all love to travel, it provides us with new locals to challenge our creativity. But if we travel outside our own state, province, county, or country how do we keep ourselves safe and healthy? One great peril to our safety is our camera gear itself! We all love to tell others how great and latest our gear is. This is what muggers and thieves are hoping for; us to identify the best stuff to steal. Use a camera backpack that does not look like a camera bag to lug your gear around in. I know that it is sacrilege but if you are in a high crime area at least cover your Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Mamiya, etc., logo with a bit of electrical tape to hide it. When you sit down to lunch place the leg of your chair through one of the loops of the bag, this prevents the grab and run. Use the room safe if you have one in your room. Another option is a backpack net that is sold at many backpacker stores it is made of wire and can be locked to stationary objects. Remember anyone can steal anything if the…